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FAA red tape grounds Otter Tail County drone used for mapping

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - The foam-and-balsa-wood gizmo sitting idle in the offices of Otter Tail County isn't exactly the spitting image of the sleek unmanned warplanes the word "drone" brings to mind.

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Its mission is to photograph drainage ditches, not enemy targets. At 6 pounds, it would be hard-pressed to take down a cow, let alone blow up a building.

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